Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 August 2008

SOMALIA / UNITED NATIONS / DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

 

SOMALIA / UNITED NATIONS / DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

NEW YORK, USA, August 8, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today expressed alarm at the growing number of civilian casualties in Somalia and the increasing targeting of humanitarian workers.  “All parties to this conflict have an obligation under international law to protect civilians and to refrain from indiscriminate attacks,” Holmes said.

 

He noted that far too many of those killed are women, children and aid workers, who have no part in the conflict.  Bomb and mortar attacks in Mogadishu have claimed the lives of dozens of civilians in just the past week, including 20 women who were participating in a food-for-work-supported street cleaning programme.

 

At least 70,000 civilians have been displaced by fighting in Belet Weyne.  The manager of an orphanage in the Afgooye corridor became the twenty-first aid-related worker killed in Somalia since January.  We expect a statement from OCHA [Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs] shortly.

 

SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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